Leadership

Christine Dixon

Executive Director

Christine joined Project Hope in January 2011 after over two decades of experience in the Human Services field. Prior to joining Project Hope, Christine worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with families placed in hotels, motels and scattered site shelters by the Department of Housing and Community Development as well as the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, where she was the Mental Health Specialist in their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. There she provided play therapy services to children, technical assistance to classroom teachers, and training for staff and parents. Christine has extensive experience in working with children and families around issues of homelessness and has been a leader at Project Hope on several initiatives in partnership with agencies and city stakeholders.

As Deputy Director at Project Hope, Christine worked hand-in-hand with the executive director to chart Project Hope’s future growth and strategic planning. She has held increasing internal and external responsibilities, ranging from program management and development to administrative roles within the agency. Christine is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Master's degree in Social Work from Boston University and a Bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross. 

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Rosa Almanzar

Director of the Family Shelter

Rosa Almanzar first came to Project Hope as a shelter resident in 1984. She lived at the shelter for 6 months with her infant son. After she moved, she began her career in Human Services. She was hired as front line staff at the Project Hope Shelter in 1988, and became the Director of the Shelter in 2008. She has completed over 2 years towards a Bachelor's degree in Human Services at UMass Boston. She has served on the Board of Homes for Families for over 20 years and also serves on the Board of the Little Sisters of the Assumption in Mission and has been an active layperson with the Little Sisters of the Assumption for many years.

Rosa has been recognized for her accomplishments in many ways over the years including being a recipient of the Neighborhood Fellows award in 1994 recognizing her extensive work in the community and a United Way Speakers award in 2004.

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Donna Henderson

Director of Adult Educational Services

Donna joined Project Hope in December of 2014 as the Case Manager for the Adult Educational Services program. In 2015 she was promoted to Coordinator, and in May 2016 she became the Director of the Department. Donna has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate in Law.

Donna has dedicated her life to the human service field. In 1992, she became a counselor at a Domestic Violence Shelter. She worked with the legislature and community leaders to broaden the rights of domestic violence survivors. Upon graduating from Law School, She returned to the shelter as a legal advocate and worked on behalf of the women on criminal law and family law cases. She relocated to West Philadelphia and spent the next 15 years working at the Salvation Army as a Social Services Coordinator and then an Assistant Director for a 220 bed family shelter. She returned to Boston and began her service at Project Hope. She is extremely passionate about educating and empowering those she is privileged to serve.

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Sr. Margaret A. Leonard, LSA

Founder and Strategic Advisor

Since her appointment in 1985, Project Hope has grown from being an Emergency Shelter serving 8 homeless families, to a multi-service center with an array of educational and economic empowerment programs serving families in the North Dorchester/Roxbury neighborhoods. In 2006 a four story "green" building was constructed on Dudley Street in Roxbury to house those programs, while the original site, a Victorian home in North Dorchester, continues to house a family shelter and children's center. Using an intensive case management model Project Hope is a pioneer in the movement to prevent homelessness from occurring.

In addition to fostering internal growth, Sister Margaret has been a catalyst in forging strategic alliances, partnerships and collaborations at local, city and state levels that create a continuum of care and support for low income families in the movement from crisis to stability. Sister Margaret has long served on the Boards of the Pine Street Inn, Homes for Families, and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.

Sister Margaret has been honored for her achievements throughout her career. In 2008 she received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from her alma mater, Assumption College, for her life long commitment to improving society - one person, one family and one community at a time. In 2009 she received honorary degrees from University of Massachusetts and Tufts University. She was also selected to be a Barr Fellow in 2009.

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Sue Marble-Cuthbert

Director of Development

Sue joined Project Hope in 2018. For Sue, coming to Project Hope was like coming home. Throughout her 20+ year career, she has often worked side by side with women living in poverty to seek solutions and improve outcomes. Sue spent nearly a decade in Peru and Bolivia, involved in grassroots movements to create opportunity for families who lacked access to essential resources. She raised awareness and funding to support specific programs for working children, mothers in prison, and migrant families. During those years, Sue was often in sacred circles of women who showed the inspiring courage and drive to make lives better for themselves and their children - the very circles we encounter daily at Project Hope.

Upon her return to the United States, Sue was Director of Corporate Work Study for Cristo Rey Boston High School in Dorchester, MA. She managed a team that prepared low-income high school students from Boston for weekly work study placements with 115 corporations within the Greater Boston area. She later served as Director of Educational and Corporate Partnerships for Junior Achievement of Northern New England, connecting corporate partners with opportunities to impact K-12 students through classroom and on-site programming. Most recently Sue was Managing Director of External Engagement with Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit that seeks to close the educational learning gap for under-resourced communities. Sue is a graduate at Boston College and lives in Braintree, MA with her husband and two teenage daughters.

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Carol Ann McAuliffe

Chief Financial Officer

Carol Ann McAuliffe joined Project Hope's Board of Directors in 2003. For the past 8 years, she served as the Treasurer of the Board. In November 2011 she joined Project Hope's staff as the Director of Finance. Prior to joining Project Hope's staff, Carol Ann worked for 20 years at Fidelity Investments. She most recently held the position of Vice President in the operations area at Fidelity. She is highly skilled in the areas of accounting, operations management, project management, new product implementation and business planning.

Carol Ann has an undergraduate degree from Boston College and an MBA from Boston University.

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Sandra Sierra

Director of Workforce Development and Employer Partnerships

Sandra has fifteen years of combined work experience in community-based initiatives, education, workforce development, and research. Sandra began her career at Project Hope in 2008 as a Case Manager for Workforce Development & Employer Partnerships, and since that time has worked within the agency as a Career Coach and Instructor, in addition to two years as an Employment Specialist at Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp Family Prosperity Initiative. Sandra is highly experienced in building and maintaining relationships with employers.

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Natasha Wright

Director of Housing Services

Natasha L Wright, Esq. is the Director of Housing Services at Project Hope. Natasha recently returned after being gone for two years, during which she focused on a private legal practice that provided court appointed counsel services to families involved with the Department of Children and Families and defending adult individuals in mental health commitment and guardianship hearings. Natasha began her career in housing services in 2007, through participation in the first Housing Court eviction study done by Project Hope in collaboration with One Family, Inc. Shortly after, Natasha came to work for Project Hope as a Housing Preservation Case Manager where she helped families avert housing crisis by providing eviction prevention services which included resource referrals, landlord negotiation, and education through tenant’s rights and responsibility workshops and utility advocacy workshops. Natasha then moved to the position of Housing Coordinator where she continued many of the duties that she engaged in as a Housing Preservation Case Manager but also took part in the process of helping families move from shelter to permanent housing, tracking funding resources available to our families through various grants, and supervision of the housing search and services staff.  

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